Research challenges. We all have them. Whether it’s the missing 1890 census, burnt courthouses, records being held that are not available to the public or any number of other reasons.
My biggest challenges have come from my brick walls. After 16+ years of research (on a weekly and daily basis) you’d think “what else is there to find?” Let me tell you.
I haven’t been able to take my own maiden name, Gould, past my 2nd great grandfather. I also haven’t been able to find my maternal great grandfather’s family. Both of those families remain a mystery to me as of this day. I’m hoping with DNA I will break down those brick walls and open some floodgates to my ancestors in those lines.
What I’d like to do today is share with you here, my blog posts about John C. Gould, my paternal 2nd great grandfather (1833- ?) and Robert L. Bowden, my maternal great grandfather (1863-1906).
Here’s the link to the post for John C. Gould Mystery Monday - Who's Your Daddy? John C. Gould
Now on to my great grandfather, Robert Lee Bowden also known as Robert Edward Lee Bowden. Born 8 Feb 1863 in White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier, Virginia – died 8 Oct 1906 in McKees Rocks, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. I’ve just re read this post and the comments associated with it. We all know that a second, third or fourth or tenth look at anything we have on our ancestors can reveal information we missed. I see a comment by Miriam Robbins about a possible maiden name for Robert’s mother. I never followed that lead and will do so today.
That being said, here is the link to my post about Robert.
MYSTERY MONDAY - Who's Your Daddy? Robert L. Bowden 1863-1906 IMORTANT NOTE: There is a Robert Lee Bowden about the same age, living in the same area, born to Elias & Sarah Bowden. I have followed him forward in time and HE IS NOT MY ROBERT.
I respect the opinion of other researchers and I welcome your input. Maybe this will be the year one or both of these walls are knocked down. I sure hope so.
ONE MORE THING – I have met with 2 professional genetic genealogist in the past two years and they weren’t able to solve these cases during our time together. They did give me excellent tips on doing DNA research. We are all thinking these men could be the result of unrecorded adoptions and their birth names were not the names they went by throughout their lives. Anything is possible.
Thanks for listening. I hope 2019 is the year we all break through our brick walls.
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